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Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
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"Moonlight" arrives as a gift, one worth keeping - and regifting.
Moonlight is hard to classify; even harder to describe, in terms of its considerable achievements.
The combination of artistry and emotional directness in this film is overwhelming.
An intimate and haunting drama.
Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.
The indie drama touches on themes of race, sexuality and isolation in ways that are rarely depicted in cinema.
A tremendous film.
Moonlight is a strange mixture of the old and the new, offering plenty that we've seen before while pushing boundaries that too often remain rigid in mainstream films.
What writer/director [Barry] Jenkins has done here is capture a small experience and endow it with a universality while still maintaining its unique perspective. It is an astonishing feat.
Like with Linklater's film, the cumulative details figure into the Moonlight's indelible powers, inspiring some of the most richly composed imagery you'll find in contemporary American cinema.
In the hands of director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the theater piece "Moonlight" is based on, it's cinematic poetry birthed from the sea, where learning to swim is akin to a baptism.
The actors and this story are at the heart of the film.
Gangsta and gay, does that go together? The attempt is pretty brave, especially the actors of all three time frames brought a lot of talent and guts into this. Their performances make for some memorable scenes. The writing...not so much. I can't entirely say why it touched me less than, say, Brokeback Mountain or Boyhood, which explored similar themes. Definitely worth seeing but I expected a much bigger punch.
Mahershala Ali stars as Chiron's guardian in this heartbreaking drama of discrimination and forbidden love. Wish he would've been more involved in the rest of the story.
Moonlight's excellent structure in storytelling, its powerful performances and thematic vision really emphasizes the film's sense of self-discovery. A unique presentation, filled with a superb use of music, colors, cinematography, and combined with its sheer drama makes this a monumentally notable tale of a lifetime that audiences can empathize with. 4/5
"Moonlight" is captivating, poignant, disturbing, ugly, beautiful -- and most of all, "Moonlight" is radiant. With excellent acting and superb directing, "Moonlight" tells a tale of human identity emerging from a world steeped in vulnerability, fear, isolation and the cycles of abuse visited most harshly upon oppressed communities. It's is a thoughtful work of art well worth seeing.
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